UTHSCT President Dr. Kirk A. Calhoun named chair of National Association of Public Hospitals Executive Committee

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Kirk A. Calhoun, MD, president of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler, has been named chair of the executive committee that governs the National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems (NAPH), the largest organization of public hospitals and health systems in the United States.

Dr. Calhoun officially began his one-year term during the NAPH Annual Conference held June 23-25 in Denver. He previously served one-year terms as secretary and chair-elect of the NAPH Executive Committee.

“Public hospitals are critical to maintaining the health of our nation, and I am proud to be part of the leadership of the professional organization that represents them,” Dr. Calhoun said.

“NAPH members provide public health services in both rural and urban areas, conduct important biomedical and health services research, train the next generation of physicians and other health care professionals, and contribute to the local economies of towns and cities throughout the United States,” Dr. Calhoun said.

Dr. Calhoun was named president of UTHSCT in 2002. He is a physician, a trustee of the Texas Hospital Association, and a member of the State Health Services Council.

He is on the board of directors of the Tyler Economic Development Council and is a member of the Smith County Medical Society, the Texas Medical Association, and the American Medical Association.

The NAPH is a professional organization with 140 members who represent the nation’s public hospitals and clinics.

They provide many essential community-wide services such as primary care, as well as training many of America’s doctors, nurses, and other health care providers.

The NAPH Executive Committee oversees the affairs of NAPH and sets its strategic direction. The committee consists of the chair, immediate past-chair, chair-elect, secretary, treasurer and 10 additional at-large members.

For 60 years, The University of Texas Health Science Center has provided excellent patient care and cutting-edge treatment, specializing in pulmonary disease, cancer, heart disease, primary care, and the disciplines that support them. UTHSCT’s annual operating budget of $125 million represents a major economic impact of over $287 million to the Northeast Texas region. In FY 2009, scientists in the Center for Biomedical Research were awarded 80 competitive grants and contracts totaling $14.6 million. As the academic medical center for Northeast Texas, its graduate medical education program – with residencies in family medicine and occupational medicine – provide doctors for many communities throughout the region and beyond.

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